Executive Team

Scott Perry

Scott Perry

Chief Executive Officer

Scott R. Perry joined AmeriLife in December 2016 as Chief Executive Officer. He is the former Chief Business Officer of CNO Financial Group, Inc., formerly Conseco, Inc., where he was responsible for overseeing the operations of Bankers Life, Colonial Penn and Washington National. He previously served as the President of Bankers Life, where he helped to transform the business and organizational culture, driving improved performance through information-based market and branch-specific plans, utilizing an automated process for lead distribution and management. Prior to joining Bankers, Perry worked for 17 years in sales, marketing and management roles at Golden Rule, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield and Premera Blue Cross. Earlier in his career, he advised healthcare payers and providers on strategies to improve operational and financial performance while with Deloitte & Touche L.L.P.’s Integrated Health Care Group.

Perry has served on the boards of LL Global (LIMRA) and the American College. He also served as a board member and Chair of the Greater Illinois chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Mike Vietri

Mike Vietri

Chief Distribution and Marketing Officer

As Chief Distribution and Marketing Officer, Mike Vietri leads our product development, marketing and product distribution functions. Drawing on a prestigious sales and marketing career spanning over 30 years, as the former Executive Vice President of The Producers Group and MetLife, Mike understands the importance of aligning the marketing and distribution functions. He successfully led one of the country’s largest sales and general distribution groups while working for MetLife. Mike provides a cohesive way forward to meet our future distribution and production growth objectives. He is focused on building a strong and effective marketing organization with an emphasis on growing the company’s various distribution channels.

Paul Carter

Paul Carter

Chief Operating Officer

Paul Carter leads AmeriLife’s information technology, operations and third-party administration business as the Chief Operating Officer. With over 35 years of executive experience in technology-enabled service organizations at Accenture, GenAmerica/MetLife and DST, he has the proven expertise and leadership to drive technology innovation, corporate-wide operational improvements and enable AmeriLife to deliver “Best in Class” technology and services to its distribution partners, agents and insurance carriers.

Nathan Hightower

Nathan Hightower

Chief Legal and Administrative Officer

Nathan Hightower, as our Chief Legal and Administrative Officer, oversees our Legal, Compliance and Human Resources Departments. He also plays a key role as a member of our Mergers and Acquisitions team. With a team of attorneys and legal professionals to provide legal counsel, Nathan leads the legal team in all corporate initiatives, insurance mandated compliance, litigation and executive decision making. Nathan is an experienced corporate trial lawyer that specialized in commercial litigation, business and real estate law. A graduate of the University of Alabama School of Business and Stetson University of College of Law, Nathan has been a member of the Florida Bar for 30 years.

Karen Surplus

Karen Surplus

Chief Financial Officer

Since joining AmeriLife in 2010, Ms. Surplus oversees the accounting, finance and tax functions of the organization, while also supervising the company’s external audit and preparation of the annual budget. With nearly 30 years of experience, Ms. Surplus’ background specializes in implementing processes and controls for accurate reporting, and financial due diligence related to acquisitions.